On Tuesday, The New York Times published an explosive report alleging that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into former NSA Michael Flynn.
The Times cites as evidence a memo allegedly written by Comey himself:
The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations...
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
To read more about that memo, click here.
Another striking aspect of the report is that Trump allegedly suggested that Comey throw journalists who publish classified material in prison (emphasis added):
Mr. Comey had been in the Oval Office that day with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. When the meeting ended, Mr. Trump told those present — including Mr. Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to leave the room except for Mr. Comey.
Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.
The existence and content of these memos has been corroborated by several news outlets. However, until the content of the memos is authenticated, or the memos themselves are made public, this story remains speculative.